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Midnight Mania! CSAC withholds boxer’s purse following questionable KO loss

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Alexander Flores was not expected to do well against Luis Ortiz. Ortiz closed the bout as roughly a 21-1 favorite per SportsBettingDime, and sure enough, Flores was knocked flat on the canvas in just 46 seconds. But, was he really knocked out or did he take a dive?

That seems to be the issue at hand for the California State Athletic Commission, who has yet to allow Flores his $80,000 purse. Instead, there will be a hearing to explain “the unusual nature of the fight being stopped,” per The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger.

“I want to be very clear that all we’re doing is taking some time to review it,” CSAC executive director Andy Foster said to The Athletic (transcription via BloodyElbow). “ … We’re not saying (he) did anything wrong at all. We need to take a look at this a little more than we have because (the conclusion) raised some questions. … We just need more information.”

Fortunately, there are highlights of the knockout, so everyone can judge for themselves. There is a clear impact of the forearm against Flores’ chin, but it does not appear the type of impact that would down a boxer with over 20 professional bouts.

It’s not exactly a Bob Sapp fight, but it is all a bit questionable. We’ll see if anything comes from the hearing in due time!

Insomnia

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

Alexander Romanov scored a forearm choke finish over the weekend inside the Octagon, which is absolutely nuts that such a move could work in the best promotion. However, the clip below is even crazier:

Southpaw 101: Take an angle, fire the left.

One of the weirder shoulder lock setups I’ve ever seen!

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Looks painful

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.